DIY Photo Frame Using a Craft Stencil

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I’ve got a wonderful spring home decor idea for you this week! This DIY photo frame using a craft stencil is a simple way to decorate an unfinished wooden frame.

Plan ahead for Mother’s Day and give your decorated frame as a gift with a favorite family picture inserted, or you can use it to display an Easter photo of your kids.

DIY PHOTO FRAME USING A CRAFT STENCIL

the diy photo frame using a craft stencil is all completed with the addition of faux floral

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 8×10 unfinished wood frame (Walmart)
  • glue gun
  • white craft paint
  • paint to match your flowers
  • foam stencil pouncer
  • artist brush or foam paint brush
  • liner artist brush
  • medium head artist brush
  • faux flowers
  • craft stencil (Dollar Tree)
supplies that are needed to complete the diy stenciled photo frame

the craft stencil that was used to paint on the photo frame

STEPS FOR DECORATING THE PICTURE FRAME

STEP 1: PAINT AND STENCIL THE FRAME

Sand the wood frame if needed and wipe off dust.

Paint the entire unfinished wood frame using white craft acrylic or chalk paint with two coats. You can use an artist brush or foam paint brush.

Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time in between coats.

stenciling step started for the diy photo frame craft

BEGIN STENCILING:

I ended up using a foam pouncer to stencil because the one in my “supplies needed” picture didn’t work well.

Since I was only using a small corner from the main craft stencil, I held it in place instead of taping.

Use a hair dryer to speed up drying time before moving to the next section to stencil.

Load the foam pouncer with paint and then off load onto a paper towel.

You off load by tapping the pouncer up and down so there’s not a lot of paint once you begin stenciling on the photo frame.

stenciling step illustrated for the 'diy photo frame using a craft stencil' project
completed stenciling on the photo frame

Pounce up and down on top of the stencil, holding the stencil down, as you move around.

Go light on the paint and keep moving around so the paint won’t bleed under the craft stencil.

I got overzealous in some areas with too much paint because I’m impatient, so I had to touch up many areas using a liner artist brush.

STEP 2: ADD AN ACCENT COLOR TO THE FRAME

I used a medium head artist brush to paint the inset and outside edge as seen below. I chose to feature the green from the leaves.

the diy photo frame is angled to show the inset and outside edge painted in coordinating color

STEP 3: ATTACH THE FLOWERS AND LEAVES

I pinched off some flowers from a floral bush I had in my stash along with some extra leaves. Use hot glue to attach your flowers to the frame and add an extra leaf where needed.

flowers up close view for the "diy photo frame using a craft stencil" project

I hope you enjoy decorating your photo frame using a craft stencil. You can customize your colors to match your spring home decor!

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I’ve joined a group of creative bloggers this month for a “Craft De-Stash” challenge. We each dove into our overflowing craft supplies to create an exciting craft or home decor project for you to get inspiration. I have lots and lots of unfinished wood, so I chose to decorate a picture frame. Be sure to see what’s been shared at the end of my post. Don’t miss out!

NOW, SEE WHAT MY BLOGGING FRIENDS MADE USING THEIR CRAFT STASH!

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Marci / Stone Cottage Adventures ~ Vibrant Tote with Pockets

Sharing my photo frame at these fabulous blogs!

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22 thoughts on “DIY Photo Frame Using a Craft Stencil”

  1. Thank you, Gail! I like that Dollar Tree carries a few stencils. They’re not the best quality, but then again, I’m not the best stenciler ~ lol.

  2. Frames are so expensive especially when you are seeking a custom look, love this idea. Affordable, and doable. I love that in a project. Thank you for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday!

  3. This is a great tutorial, I especially like the idea of adding faux flowers for an extra touch. This is a relatively easy project that can be completed in a few hours, and it’s a great way to personalize your home décor.

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